Rumors Spread Among Defendants

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A recent rumor–aimed at turning defendants of the "September 25" trial against the opposition–caused an uproar "You want to put us in jail for two years. We’ll go out and say that nobody–including [National Democratic Union chairman] Vazgen Manoukian–is better than us," defendants Seyran Massoyan and Abet Petrossian said at a court session Tuesday. The defendants were reacting to an alleged statement which called on the "Sept. 25" defendants to remain in jail "for the sake of the homeland." The validity of these remarks has yet to be verified– This incident caught defense attorneys off-guard. Attorney Rouben Sahakian stated certain elemen’s or individuals were attempting to turn the defendants against each other and the opposition.

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